Here at JesusChurch, we are building our church on seven foundational values. Actually, we believe that Jesus is building His church on the foundation of these biblical values. As Jesus said, I will build my church and the power of Hades will not overcome it (Matthew 16:18).
1. CELEBRATING THE FATHER’S LOVE
Jesus’ parable of the lost son (Luke 15:11-32) is the story of our lives. We too were, and at times still are, lost in a far off country of sin and rebellion against our Father. By God’s grace, however, we came to our senses and when we started back home, the Father ran to us, embraced us and welcomed us Home. This is the most amazing miracle possible, considering how pure and holy God the Father is and how sinful and rebellious we are. The Father’s love is now the central truth of our lives. Through faith in Jesus we have become God’s children and the words the Father used to affirm Jesus, He now uses to affirm us: You are my son [my daughter], whom I love. With you I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17). We are literally Home in the Father’s love. There is one more person mentioned in Jesus’ parable – the older son who refused to join the party the father was throwing for his newly returned brother. As children who have personally experienced the Father’s loving welcome, we welcome all returning sons and daughters. Come join the party of the Father’s love! Come join the family of God!
So [the rebellious son] returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
To all who believed Jesus and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
1 John 3:1
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
2. PASSION FOR JESUS
Jesus is our Savior, our Lord and our Friend. We seek to passionately pursue a relationship with Him through the practices of Bible reading, prayer, worship and community. We also seek to cultivate a sense of His presence each moment of the day. That’s because proximity to Jesus determines the vitality of our walk with Him and the power of our love for others. Without Jesus, we are nothing. But with Jesus, even ordinary people like us can live extraordinary lives for Him! Knowing Jesus is the ultimate passion of our lives. Do you know Him?
I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
3. COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY
We can’t live the Christian life on our own. Obviously, we need Jesus, but we also need each other. That’s why we are committed to community. We need each other for encouragement and accountability in our walk with Jesus. Of course, we can always hide, but then we can’t find the help that we need. So we challenge each other to be real and transparent because that takes great courage. And we meet together regularly for authentic community. Sunday mornings are great, but small groups are equally important because that’s where true community and deep growth can happen. Strong belongers become strong believers. So how can we help you get in touch with one of our small groups? How can we help you experience the family of God?
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
4. COMPASSION FOR ALL
God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus (John 3:16). And now God continues to love the world by sending us. Jesus put it this way, As the Father sent me, so I am sending you (John 20:21). What are we sent to do? To love … to listen to people, serve people, pray for people, share Jesus with people and believe God to work miracles in people’s lives. This love always starts with God. It isn’t something we produce. It is something we receive and then share with others. As we are continually filled with the Father’s love, His love overflows from our lives to others. Then through our acts of kindness and words of grace people will experience God’s love through us.
What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
1 John 4:9-12
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”
5. DEPENDENCE ON THE SPIRIT
“To hear is to obey.” This is how Jesus lived His life and carried out His ministry. When Jesus humbled Himself as the eternal Son of God and came to earth (Philippians 2:5-11), He lived and acted as a human being filled with the Holy Spirit in dependence on His Father’s leading (Matthew 12:28, Luke 4:14,18-19; 5:17, John 5:19, Acts 10:38). Jesus would hear from His Father and obey through the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s how we are to carry on Jesus’ ministry today. We listen and obey too. The Spirit will make the Bible come alive and speak directly to us. The Spirit will convict us of sin and call us to holiness. The Spirit will express the Father’s heart of compassion for someone and move us to respond. The question is Will we listen and obey or will we tune Him out and just do our own thing? Through our relationship with the Spirit we can live a naturally supernatural life. In our everyday relationships and circumstances we can glorify the Father and live as Jesus lived.
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses.
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
6. Dedication to the Kingdom
There is more to life than what meets the eye. There is a whole other realm, a spiritual realm, that influences people, ideas and societies. There is God the Creator and there is the rebel creature, Satan. There are angels and there are demons. The Bible says that apart from Jesus we are captive to Satan’s kingdom. This captivity took place when our first parents fell for Satan’s lie. But Jesus came to set the captives free. He did this by announcing the coming of God’s Kingdom (the rule and reign of God on earth), teaching the Truth about the Father’s love, ministering in the power of the Spirit, dying on the cross for our sins, rising from the dead on the third day and ascending back to glory with complete authority in heaven and on earth. As followers of Jesus and citizens of His Kingdom, then, we have the same calling – to set captives free. We do this by communicating the truth of the Kingdom and demonstrating the power of the Kingdom. We announce the Good News, help the poor, pray for the sick, battle for the spiritually oppressed and fight injustice. Whoever said following Jesus is boring? It’s epic! He and His Kingdom are worth living and even dying for.
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come [quoting Isaiah 61:1-2 and 58:6].
Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!
7. DISCIPLING THE NEXT GENERATION
It has been said that the church is only one generation from extinction. Though we don’t share this statement’s pessimism, we do get its point. We must pass the baton of faith to the next generation so that they can run their leg of the race. Therefore, we commit ourselves to invest in the next generation of children, youth, new believers, leaders and churches. One of our greatest Kingdom successes today may just be preparing others to advance God’s Kingdom tomorrow.
Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.
2 Timothy 1:5
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.
2 Timothy 2:2
You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.